3-Year-Old Dies After Tree Falls on Tent at New Jersey Campground

Victor Westerkamp
By Victor Westerkamp
July 8, 2019USshare
3-Year-Old Dies After Tree Falls on Tent at New Jersey Campground
Tents at a Campground (Pixabay)

A three-year-old girl has died after a tree branch fell and crushed the tent she was in at a campsite near New Jersey over the Fourth of July weekend.

The girl was at the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground at Tall Pines in Elmer on Saturday, July 6, when a tree fell on the tent just after 2 pm, MDIV reported.

State Police said Ellys Martinez of the Bronx, New York, was rushed to the Inspira Medical Center Elmer on July 6 where she was later pronounced dead, reported New Jersey Herald.

Reports said severe weather throughout the state that day may have played a role in the accident.

Child Dies After Tree Falls on Car

In Washington state, a 5-year-old boy died and four others sustained injuries when a tree fell on a an SUV traveling on U.S. Highway 101 in Olympic National Park in northwest Washington state.

Officials say a large evergreen fell at about 2:15 p.m. on Jan. 1 and struck the eastbound vehicle near Lake Crescent.

Clallam Fire District No. 2 Chief Sam Phillips told the Peninsula Daily News that two other children under 10 were also in the car, as well as two adults who are believed to be the grandparents.

Officials say two children and one adult got out on their own and were transported to Olympic Medical Center.

The other adult had to be extricated and was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The 5-year-old died at the scene.

Names haven’t been released.

Girl Scout Dies After Tree Falls at Indiana Camp

Last month, a girl scout died and three others were injured when a tree fell at a camp in southern Indiana, authorities said.

Sheriff’s deputies received a call shortly before 11:30 a.m. on June 24 that a tree had fallen on campers at Camp Koch, said Perry County Sheriff Alan Malone. Emergency responders arrived the scene to found four injured people, who were immediately transported to nearby hospitals.

The two adults and two children were pinned to the ground by the 35-feet-tall tree, reported Fox59 News.

Isabelle Meyer, 11, was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, where she was later pronounced dead from head and abdominal injuries, the broadcaster reporter.

During a press conference on Tuesday morning, authorities announced that the other child was treated and released. The adults, Melinda Garmen of Mt. Vernon and Judy Kicklighter of Evansville, were in serious but stable condition on Tuesday, reported DuBois County Free Press.

“We have learned that one of the four victims has passed away,” said County Sheriff Malone in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims, their families, staff and campers during this tragic time.”

Falling Tree Kills Man as Storm Lashes California

In Oakland, California, a falling tree killed a man on Jan. 16, 2019, as a powerful storm lashed Northern California with high winds and rain, authorities said.

The man was struck on an embankment near Interstate 580 and died at the scene.

The man, who was homeless, may have been “just trying to stay dry,” California Highway Patrol Officer Herman Baza said. “Unfortunately, that protection was deadly.”

The latest storm in a series that has pounded California all week closed a major freeway, triggered deadly wrecks on slick roads, had people in wildfire-ravished communities bracing for dangerous mudslides and mountain residents facing “potentially life-threatening” blizzard conditions in the Sierra Nevada.

In Lake County, winds gusts of 71 mph were reported.

Pacific Gas & Electric reported that some 46,000 customers were without power on the evening of January 16.

NTD staff writer Victor Westerkamp contributed to this report. 

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